Indian Premier League, 2019 |Match 6 |3/27/2019 Eden Gardens, Kolkata
That is it from this game! 2 in 2 for the hosts, whereas, the visitors suffered their first defeat of the season. Indian T20 League action continues on Thursday as we have two different teams battling it out. Bangalore host Mumbai at 2000 local (1430 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!
Man of the Match, Andre Russell, says he is happy to keep winning cars and all the awards. Mentions he is very pleased to get Gayle's wicket as everybody knows how devastating he can be. States Gayle is still the bigger hitter compared to him. Jokingly thanks the guy who was the extra fielder outside the ring. Further adds he believes that was an important moment in the game as it does not happen everyday. Ends by saying he makes sure he has a clear head, the jump he does before he bats, a couple of swings is a part of his warm-up.
Kolkata skipper, Dinesh Karthik, says it is a very good start and just what they wanted but there is still a long way to go. Credits the way Nitish and Uthappa played. Appreciates the effort from the bowlers also. Adds that Narine's injury was the reason Nitish opened last game, he was fit in this game and hence he was given his position back. Ends by saying playing away is a challenge and they will try and do their best.
Punjab skipper, Ravichandran Ashwin, replying to that no ball incident, says that it is the small things which cost you the game in this format and they have to be more aware. Mentions he takes the blame on himself for that no ball. Further adds Varun Chakravarthy was playing his first game and he will improve as time goes on. Credits the way Mayank Agarwal batted. Mentions that the Mohali wicket suits them and adds that they played 4 games there last year and won all of them. Hopes to continue that good run.
Earlier in the match, Kolkata were put to bat and they performed brilliantly. Every batsman contributed to the cause and once again it was Andre Russell who provided the kick with his swashbuckling knock in the death overs. He got a reprieve due to a silly mistake from Punjab (bowled off a no ball as there was an extra fielder outside the ring) and his knock eventually proved to be the differential factor. With the ball also, Kolkata were nearly there. Although they conceded too many runs, they made sure to chip in with some tidy overs in between. Once again it was Andre Russell who picked up a couple of crucial wickets and proved his worth as an all-rounder in the team.
A comfortable win in the end for Kolkata! After they posted a gigantic total on the board and removed KL Rahul and Chris Gayle cheaply, they always were ahead in the match. Mayank Agarwal and David Miller did try to revive the chase with a handy 74-run partnership but the required rate kept mounting and never allowed them to gain any control. Towards the end, Mandeep Singh also played some shots but still Punjab fell short by 28 runs.
P Chawla to D Miller, A dot to end the game! Short and outside off, it is slapped hard to covers. The fielder fumbles but a run is not taken. Customary handshakes taking place as KOLKATA WIN BY 28 RUNS!
P Chawla to D Miller, Another couple! A googly and this is cut through point for two.
P Chawla to M Singh, The quicker one and this is stroked down to long on for a single.
P Chawla to M Singh, FOUR! Just beats the man at short fine leg. Mandeep plays the scoop. Hits it nicely and just about clears Lynn. 50-run stand up.
P Chawla to M Singh, Another googly and once again it is picked, Mandeep works it through mid-wicket and a run is taken.
P Chawla to M Singh, FOUR! Short and on middle, Mandeep goes back and pulls it towards deep mid-wicket. Uthappa there tries to stop it but fails to do so.
END OF OVER 19 | 15 Runs & 0 Wkt | KXIP 177/4
Piyush Chawla to bowl the last over.
L Ferguson to D Miller, Clever change in pace to beat the bat. Lockie serves it outside off, Miller swishes and misses. Lets out a big grunt after missing out.
L Ferguson to D Miller, SIX! Fine shot! Ferguson lands it on a fuller length around middle and leg, Miller makes room and smacks it over cover-point for a biggie.
L Ferguson to D Miller, Fifty up for Miller, 9th in this League. Ferguson cuts down on his pace and delivers a length ball around leg at 125.7 kph, Miller works it in the gap on the leg side for a couple.
L Ferguson to M Singh, Goes blockhole, Ferguson. Singh squeezes it out back past the bowler for a run at long off. 50 needed more off 9 balls.
L Ferguson to M Singh, FOUR! Mandeep receives a short delivery outside off and steers it past the diving backward point fielder for a boundary. More than fours, Punjab need sixes.
L Ferguson to D Miller, A fine yorker around leg, Miller backs away a bit and then has to dig it out on the leg side. Only a run.
L Ferguson to D Miller, Wide! Ferguson speeds in from around the wicket and bowls a full ball down the leg side, Miller tries flicking but misses.
END OF OVER 18 | 10 Runs & 0 Wkt | KXIP 162/4
P Krishna to M Singh, FOUR! Good shot! Krishna bowls a short ball on middle, Singh arches and then upper cuts it just over the leaping keeper and into the third man fence.
P Krishna to D Miller, Good delivery again! The effort ball on the body of the batsman. Miller is once again late on the pull shot. He mistimes it towards the vacant mid-wicket region. Kuldeep runs to his right and keeps it down to one.
P Krishna to D Miller, Bowls it on the pads, Miller is a touch late in the flick. He misses and gets hit on the pads. He may have been expecting a slower ball there as the last one was a seam-up delivery.